Dragstrip Murder Mystery
Turbasco Records 
Fire Note Says: Surf is back in a big way on The Surfaders debut Dragstrip Murder Mystery!
It has been awhile since I heard a really good surf record. After the genre had an uptick in the mid-nineties it slowly crept back to the underground and almost seemed to be non-existent for several years until now. With Los Straitjackets and Man Or Astro-Man? releasing new material very soon it seems that maybe the indie scene is ready for another wave. Well, The Surfaders will gladly take that new found interest as their debut Dragstrip Murder Mystery is 100% instrumental surf that combines the classic surf sound with a more modern-instro-feel which they have labelled "Surf-Noir".
The Surfaders hail from the Netherlands and come at you on Dragstrip Murder Mystery with a double guitar attack, bass and drums that have a very flowing traditional vibe. Most tracks are completely instrumental but several songs have snippets of voice overs which add to the fun like the haunting "Mellow Moonseed" and on the intense title track that is fast and furious with a quick drum and sprawling guitar.
Surf music will never be mainstream but it is a genre that should be respected as The Surfaders work their collective asses off on this 45 minute outing. The band does an excellent job of building an intensity within its tracks like how "El Sheik" blows up in the middle or the feel you get on "The Cuban Spy And I (Shaken Not Surfed)" that the accelerator just keeps getting pressed. If you are new to the genre, Dragstrip Murder Mystery is a solid introduction that should have you working your way back into the classics. For surf followers out there just looking for new material The Surfaders should be a must pick up as this record has everything and more you would want for your afternoon of cocktails and chillin' out!
Key Tracks: "Dragstrip Murder Mystery", "El Sheik", "The Revenge Of The Son Of The Reverb Kid",
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony